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Mexico,Central America,United States,South America

17 July 2016

RT (Moscow)

[Translated Summary: According to a Peruvian journalist, the abundance of firearms in any Latin American country is almost always directly proportional to its proximity to the local superpower. In 2014, over 28,000 American firearms valued at US$21.6 million entered legally to Mexico, but every year an average of 212,000 firearms enter illegally.] En América Latina se registran 76.000 muertes por año vinculadas al uso de armas de fuego. Sobre este total la mayoría... (GunPolicy.org)

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European Union

13 July 2016

New Europe (Belgium)

EU countries will have to introduce stronger controls on "blank-firing" guns, to prevent them being converted to fire live ammunition, under Internal Market Committee amendments, voted on Wednesday, to a draft update of the EU firearms directive. The changes approved by MEPs ensure that any firearm which has been converted to firing blanks continues to be covered by EU gun control rules. This closes a legal loophole which became evident in the aftermath of last year's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Europe (Belgium)

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Ghana

11 July 2016

Graphic Online (Ghana)

The National Small Arms Commission (NSAC) last Saturday destroyed 1,300 illegal guns in the country but warned that there were still more than 1.1 million of such firearms and light weapons that might be in wrong hands. The guns, which were marked and broken before being set on fire, included locally made single- and double-barrelled shotguns, locally made and imported pistols, pump action guns and local mortars. The number of illegal firearms in wrong hands means that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Graphic Online (Ghana)

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Dominican Republic

30 June 2016

Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated Summary: The Dominican Ministry of Interior and Police (MIP) granted 232,142 firearm licences since October 1965. Now, 125,036 of those licences must be renewed because they are expired. Licences to possess a firearm are different than licences to carry, and one owner can have more than one firearm registered. Every owner must register their fingerprints and their firearms' ballistic fingerprints in order to receive the licence.] Desde el 26 de octubre de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

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Jordan,United States,Saudi Arabia

26 June 2016

New York Times

Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials. Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, F.B.I. officials believe after months of investigating... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Germany

21 June 2016

Local (Germany)

State interior ministers have submitted a proposal to federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière regarding the trade and background of weapons, according to publishing group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND). "Terrorism and criminality are not stopped by national borders," said Mecklenburg-Vorpommern interior minister, Lorenz Caffier. "Considering the attacks on Paris and Brussels, this data exchange is overdue and important for saving lives." In Germany there... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany)

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Côte d'Ivoire

15 June 2016

Amnesty International (France), Media release

[Translated summary: Under the Arms Trade Treaty, the states of West Africa have improved their firearm stock management. Now every gun is marked with a code that shows where it comes from. Also, every time a gun enters or leaves an armoury, the code allows officials to know who gave the order and why. Now, the National Police of Côte d'Ivoire has marked 99% of its guns.] Après deux décennies de crises, la Côte d'Ivoire est aux avant-postes de la lutte contre la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (France)

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Italy,United States,United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,Germany,Switzerland,United Kingdom,Iran,North Korea

7 June 2016

SwissInfo

For the first time since 2007, Switzerland gave up the top spot in the Small Arms Survey's latest evaluation of the most transparent small arms exporters. "Its lower score in comparison with previous years reflects less complete reporting to United Nations Comtrade [UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database] and a lack of information on licence denials," the authors said in the 2016 bulletin published on Monday. Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,West Asia,South Asia

6 June 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

Annual sales of small arms and light weapons to Middle Eastern countries nearly doubled in dollar terms in 2013 over the year before, as conflicts heated up across the region, according to a study released Monday. Meanwhile, the U.S. was both the biggest exporter and importer of weapons ranging from pistols and military firearms to hunting rifles, ammunition and anti-tank guns, according to the report. "Trade Update 2016: Transfers and Transparency," a study by the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

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Africa

6 June 2016

Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria)

This week, from 6-10 June, United Nations (UN) member states are convening in New York for the Sixth Biennial Meeting on the UN Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons (UNPoA). The meeting will review the progress made in implementing the UNPoA, and will also focus on the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), which was adopted in 2005. The UNPoA, adopted in 2001, outlines steps governments must take to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria)

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United States

28 April 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

SMYRNA — Adventure Outdoors is an 80,000-square-foot store with walls lined with long guns, cases packed with handguns and aisles jammed with all the accessories an avid outdoorsman would need: coolers, clothing, ammo. At the customer service counter is a government-issued poster that warns: "Don't lie for the other guy." Store founder Jay Wallace said his staff is diligent about making sure buyers are legitimate and not fronting for someone who is legally prohibited... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

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Tanzania

23 April 2016

Tanzania Daily News

ARUSHA — Tanzania may soon start marking all sorts of firearms with special engraving to distinguish weapons registered in the country, against those owned in other states, it was revealed in Arusha. Vice President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, said that with nearly 900,000 light weapons and small arms circulating around the globe, it is vital for Tanzania, as well as other African countries to start engraving special national labels to indicate where each firearm was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

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United Kingdom

22 April 2016

Lancashire Evening Post

Thousands of rounds of ammunition have been taken off the streets as part of a county-wide firearms surrender. A total of 3,737 pieces of ammo were handed over to police in Lancashire Police's Western Division which includes Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Officers in the division also received three live rifles, six live handguns, six shotguns and a total of 15 air powered weapons. The ammunition handed over in the west of the county made up almost 90 per cent of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lancashire Evening Post

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Côte d'Ivoire,West Africa

20 April 2016

China Radio International, Xinhua

[Translated summary: A regional conference that gathers the National Commissions to Combat the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons of countries of West Africa is being held in Abidjan. Its mission is to reinforce control over arms and management of weapon stocks. In Côte d'Ivoire, since 2011, 9,661 were voluntary surrendered and more than 8,000 firearms destroyed.] Une conférence régionale réunissant les commissions nationales de lutte contre la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Radio International, Xinhua

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European Union

20 April 2016

Europarl

[Translated summary: European Union MEPs debated amendments to a proposal to the European Commission regarding the EU Directive on Firearms. During the debate, they discussed arms classification, marking and tracing of firearms, licensing, storage, as well as online sales.] Les amendements déposés par la députée en charge du dossier à la proposition de la Commission européenne sur la révision de la directive de l'UE concernant les armes à feu ont été... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

15 April 2016

Observer (Kampala)

By April 30, all firearms in civilians possession must have been registered, the ministry of Internal Affairs said in its latest attempt to crack down on illegal small arms. Unregistered firearms will be declared illegal, the minister of state for Internal Affairs James Baba said on Monday. Firearm registration, the minister said, is meant to control small arms and light weapons owned by civilians and maintain proper national control over government stockpiles of all... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Observer (Kampala)

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United States

13 April 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- With New York's crucial presidential nominating contest looming, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is framing gun laws in Bernie Sanders' home state of Vermont as a primary culprit of violent crime in the Empire State. Her latest offensive, however, depends on a narrow and arguably irrelevant use of federal gun data. Speaking on Long Island, New York, this week, Clinton said that when Sanders is "challenged on his gun stances, he frequently says:... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

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Côte d'Ivoire

9 April 2016

L'Infodrome (Côte d'Ivoire)

[Translated summary: The National Police School of Abidjan has organised a ceremony where they marked and destroyed small arms and light weapons. 26,324 guns have been marked; among these, 8,000 have been destroyed along with 6,336 rounds of ammunition.] Une importante cérémonie de marquage et de destruction d'armes légères de petit calibre a eu lieu, jeudi 7 avril, à l'Ecole nationale de police d'Abidjan. Organisée par le Comité de lutte contre la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: L'Infodrome (Côte d'Ivoire)

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Europe

5 April 2016

Politico (EU)

European pro-gun groups are mobilizing against a new EU push to restrict the sale of firearms, claiming the proposal won't work as an anti-terrorism tool. The groups, which are using an online petition as well as bulk emails targeted at EU policymakers, say measures proposed by the European Commission would punish hunters and sports enthusiasts but do little to restrict the ability of terrorists and criminals to obtain weapons. The campaigns represent a new... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Politico (EU)

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Tanzania

3 April 2016

Guardian (Dar Es Salaam)

Politicians are said to be contributing to illegal arms trade by supporting and deliberately arming rebel groups to accomplish their narrow interests. A senior government official made this observation in Dar es Salaam yesterday at an Africa parliamentary workshop on addressing illicit trade of small arms and light weapons organized by the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). The two day workshop was attended by members of Parliaments from 13... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Dar Es Salaam)

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Western Europe,Belgium

20 March 2016

Le Soir (Belgique)

[Translated summary: According to a retired Commissioner, Belgium lacks transparency in terms of gun numbers; Police reports are outdated; the Firearms Act is unreadable; Police and Customs are under-funded and under-equipped to fight arms trafficking.] 1. La Belgique n'a pas de vision, pas de chiffres Personne n'est capable d'estimer aujourd'hui combien d'armes illégales circulent en Belgique. « On a bien une vue sur la détention légale, on n'a absolument aucune... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 March 2016

New Scientist

Most of the laws aimed at gun control in the US don't work. But three do. Implement them at a national level, and we could cut firearm deaths by 90 per cent. That's the conclusion of a recent study, and it sounds like great news. But the findings have come under heavy fire from other researchers. There are more than 33,000 firearm deaths each year in the US. Yet no one knows which, if any, laws are effective in reducing this number. This is partly due to lack of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Scientist

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Canada

18 March 2016

Le Devoir (Quebec)

[Translated summary: Three suicides are committed every day in Québec (Canada). The mere presence of a firearm in a house multiplies by five the risk of suicide risks and nearly a third of persons using a firearm to commit suicide are not firearm owners, according to the president of the Quebec Suicide Prevention Association.] Trois suicides sont commis chaque jour au Québec, alors qu'il s'agit d'une cause de décès évitable. L'une des mesures les plus efficaces... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Devoir (Quebec)

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United Kingdom,Eastern Europe,Germany,Slovakia,France

18 March 2016

Black Sea, Der Spiegel, Le Soir

The trafficking of Communist-era weapons leads from a Slovakian website to last year's ISIS terror attack in Paris and new regulations have failed to stop the sale of deadly weapons to criminals, we can reveal. 7 January 2015. Chérif Kouachi and his brother Said leave a bloodbath in the newsroom of magazine Charlie Hebdo. Two days later, Kouachi's close contact, Amedy Coulibaly, assaults the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher in Paris. When Coulibaly takes the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Black Sea, Der Spiegel, Le Soir

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United States

17 March 2016

Reuters

If every state in the U.S. had mandatory background checks for gun and ammunition purchases and required traceable bullets, firearms-related deaths might plunge by more than 80 percent, a new study projects. More than 31,600 people died by guns in the U.S. in 2010, a rate of 10.1 deaths for each 100,000 residents. Hawaii had the lowest death rate – 3.21 for each 100,000 people – while Alaska had the highest – 20.3 for every 100,000 residents. Laws that require... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

11 March 2016

Stuff (New Zealand)

Thousands of guns stolen each year in New Zealand are ending up in the arms of gang members but police have no systems in place to track guns or what has been stolen. Owner of Timaru's Gun City Wayne Golightly said police have told him that more than 100 firearms have been stolen in South Canterbury in the past year and about 2000 across New Zealand. But police were unable to supply information under the Official Information Act about the number of burglaries... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stuff (New Zealand)

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United States

10 March 2016

Washington Post

A prestigious medical journal just published a new study of gun deaths with shocking results: if just three gun control laws were adopted nationwide, the researchers found, deaths from firearms could be cut by more than 90 percent. It's a reduction so staggering that it sounds hard to believe. And according to two outside scientists, we shouldn't. "That's too big -- I don't believe that," said David Hemenway, a professor of health policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

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United States,Mexico

26 February 2016

Global Post (Boston)

MEXICO CITY — Javier scoots onto a plastic stool in a courtyard. He reaches beneath his shirt and pulls out a shiny Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol. He deftly spins it through his hands, ejects the magazine, and holds it out for inspection. "This one's new, straight from its packaging," he says. It will cost 15,000 pesos with a box of ammo, around $810. Javier, who only gave his first name, operates this illicit little gun mart in Tepito market, a famed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Post (Boston)

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Thailand

19 February 2016

Deutsche Welle

Widely known as a welcoming tourist destination, Thailand is also a country awash with easily obtainable firearms, featuring one of the highest gun homicide rates in Asia. DW examines why gun ownership remains so high. Thailand has the highest reported rate of gun-related deaths in Southeast Asia - almost 50 percent more gun homicides than the Philippines. And with 7.48 registered violent gun deaths per 100,000 people, the figure is also twice as high as that of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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El Salvador

16 February 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A recent report points once again to the role high-ranking El Salvador military officials play in driving that nation's illicit arms trade, helping fuel rampant gang violence and bloodshed. Since 2010 El Salvador's National Civil Police (Policía Nacional Civil - PNC) and several other state institutions bought over $500,000 worth of guns, munitions, and bulletproof vests from the arms businesses of retired army major Miguel Ángel Pocasangre Escobar, reported La... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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United States,Mexico

11 January 2016

US House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs - Democrats, Media release

WASHINGTON -- Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today welcomed the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report he commissioned on U.S. efforts to halt illegal firearms trafficking to Mexico. Representative Engel requested the report in May 2014. "With at least 70 percent of firearms recovered at Mexican crime scenes coming from the United States, our Congress has a responsibility to do much more to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: US House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs - Democrats

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European Union,Germany

21 December 2015

Deutsche Welle

German gun club lobbyists were invited to the German Interior Ministry (BMI) last week to discuss something that has been bothering them for a while - the European Commission's proposed plans to tighten Europe's gun laws, which were suddenly revived from legislative stagnation in the wake of the "Islamic State" attacks in Paris in November. By all accounts, the visit was a success. "The proposal contains things that the BMI said would be difficult for them, and where... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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Turkey,Serbia,Montenegro,Macedonia,Kosovo,Greece,Croatia,Bulgaria,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Albania,European Union

18 November 2015

European Commission - Press release

The European Commission today adopted a package of measures to make it more difficult to acquire firearms in the European Union, better track legally held firearms, strengthen cooperation between Member States, and ensure that deactivated firearms are rendered inoperable. The proposals presented today were foreseen in the European Security Agenda adopted in April 2015, but have been significantly accelerated in light of recent events. The Commission is hereby supporting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: European Commission - Press release

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United States

10 November 2015

Hot Air (USA)

For gun control advocates, it sure sounded like a great idea. Why not force gun purchasers to fire a round at the police station so that the ballistic "fingerprint" of the firearm could be catalogued? That way, police could find the perpetrator every time a gun was used in a crime. What could go wrong? Plenty, according to the Baltimore Sun's Erin Cox. Fifteen years, millions of dollars, and 340,000 shell casings later, Maryland decided last week to scrap the system... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hot Air (USA)

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United States

5 October 2015

Washington Post

You've probably heard by now that the Obama administration has been a boon to the U.S. firearm industry. Gun manufacturers boosted production by 31 percent between 2011 and 2012. National tragedies from Newtown to Ferguson are accompanied by stories of surging gun sales. But data released this week from the General Social Survey, widely regarded as the gold standard for social science survey research, shows that in 2014, the number of American households owning guns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

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Australia

26 May 2015

ABC News (Australia)

Tracing the source of guns used in crime across Australia is difficult, and the origins of illegal firearms is the subject of significant disagreement among federal lawmakers. A recent Australian Crime Commission report on organised crime said a new database being developed will track the full life of a gun, something law enforcement agencies have never been able to do. But for now, where illegal guns come from remains a hotly debated topic. A Senate inquiry into... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

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Australia

21 May 2015

Age (Melbourne)

A national firearms database has been fast-tracked in the wake of concerns about how Martin Place shooter Man Haron Monis had access to guns. The tracking system will aim to stop the trafficking of firearms across Australia, with authorities convinced that the vast majority of weapons used in organised crime are circulated across the country, rather than imported from overseas. A meeting of the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council on Friday will be told that the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

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Czech Republic,Spain,Belgium,Denmark,Slovakia,France

18 February 2015

Euronews (France)

The automatic rifles used in the terrorist attacks in Paris last month may have been decommissioned weapons legally bought in Slovakia and reconverted to fire live ammunition, Euronews can reveal. French police are exploring whether weapons used in the deadly assaults on the Charlie Hebdo offices and at a Kosher supermarket were purchased in a shop inside the European Union, according to a joint investigation with the Slovakian Nový čas newspaper. The weapons are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Euronews (France)

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Spain,Italy,Venezuela,Israel,Germany,Czech Republic,Brazil,Colombia,Belgium,Austria,Russia,United States,El Salvador,Turkey,Guatemala,Honduras,Mexico,Cuba,Dominican Republic,Haiti,Peru,Nicaragua

16 January 2015

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S. military hardware and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Central American country's civil war ended in 1992, the guns, grenades and bullets linger, as do their murderous effects. In September, a U.S. official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that half the weapons available on El Salvador's vibrant black market were made in the United... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

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Philippines

14 November 2014

Bloomberg (USA)

Hidden beneath tarpaulins in the backyard of a house in the central Philippine city of Danao, Lito puts the finishing touches on a replica .45-caliber Colt Officer's Model pistol. It will join the more than 600,000 illegal guns in circulation in a country where the homicide rate outstrips the U.S. The money he makes from guns supplements his income as a farmer and helped Lito, 52, send two children to college. Still, he thinks often of the suffering that may come from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

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Canada

20 June 2014

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

The gun smugglers called him "fool" – one of many Windsorites they used to unwittingly mule firearms over the border. Buried in volumes of recently released Toronto police documents is the frightening revelation that Windsor gun runners hide firearms and GPS devices in the cars of unsuspecting Canadians to sneak them through customs. For Windsor's Lamar Porter, who police say was the main source of guns for Toronto's murderous Dixon City Bloods, it appeared to be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Windsor Star (Ontario)

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Australia

16 June 2014

Australian (Sydney)

Police have enlisted a big gun of their own as part of a campaign to rein in illegal firearms. Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith has joined NSW Police in making an appeal to the community to dob in illegal gun owners. "I have seen what guns can do in wartime," Corporal Roberts-Smith said in a video message in Sydney on Monday. "Like many others, I have served my country … now it's your chance to protect the community by phoning crime stoppers and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

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Malawi

13 June 2014

Star Africa

Malawi Police has destroyed over 3,000 illegal firearms confiscated from people across the country.Inspector General Lot Dzonzi said in Lilongwe during the destruction exercise that Malawi is vulnerable to firearms smuggling because of a number of reasons including its geographical position, lack of scanning machines at its border posts and use of unchartered routes by foreigners. "This has led to the smugglers bringing in firearms into the country which can lead to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star Africa

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Sri Lanka

8 June 2014

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

A hike in gun crimes including homicides, attempted murders and robberies using weapons ranging from 9 mm pistols to T-56 assault rifles, has highlighted the threat posed by firearms getting into the hands of criminals; but the Government's response to the problem has been slow, with little follow-up action on pledges made to various UN bodies to deal with the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, particularly in a postwar scenario. May and June alone, there... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

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Canada

3 June 2014

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

Bruce Montague was a northern Ontario firearms dealer so opposed to Canada's licensing laws that he stopped registering his guns in protest and dared the government to come after him. Be careful what you wish for. Ten years later, the 54-year-old's act of what he saw as "civil disobedience" has resulted in an 18-month jail sentence, a lifetime ban from operating his trade and now he's just been ordered to hand over his $100,000 gun collection — his life savings —... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

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Mexico,United States

28 May 2014

ProPublica

Are Mass Shootings Increasing? Depends on How You Count Them Criminologists have made the same point again and again: the number of mass shootings in America is not increasing. Experts told the Los Angeles Times that mass shootings represent only a small fraction of the annual deaths due to gun violence, and that police data indicate that the overall count of mass shootings per year has not shown any significant increase over time. This conclusion is based on the FBI's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ProPublica

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United States,China

27 May 2014

China Daily

Cooperation with other countries is being intensified to combat arms smuggling, according to an official at the General Administration of Customs. Last year, Chinese customs officials investigated 50 cases of smuggling involving firearms and ammunition, an increase of 16.3 percent from the previous year. Authorities confiscated 5,916 guns, 882 gun parts and 13,000 rounds of ammunition in these cases. "The smuggling of drugs or firearms poses serious threats to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily

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Australia

21 May 2014

Daily Mail (UK) / Australian Associated Press

Gunmen who thought they'd gotten away with shooting crimes all those years ago will be on the police radar with a new ballistics system tipped to help authorities solve historical crimes. The national system comes amid heightening concerns around trans-national criminals, who NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has compared with terrorists. The $9.6 million Australian Ballistics Information Network (ABIN) will allow all states and territories to enter the details... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK) / Australian Associated Press

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Germany,United States,Luxembourg

20 May 2014

Wall Street Journal

1. "Owning our product may be hazardous to your health." In the U.S., there are now somewhere between 270 million and 310 million guns, according to the Pew Research Center — that's almost one gun for every person in the nation. Judges and legislators across the political spectrum recognize the constitutional right to bear arms. And gun and ammunition sales to private citizens are a significant part of a nearly $15 billion industry that's seeing plenty of growth: On... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

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United States

16 May 2014

Portland Press Herald (Maine) / Washington Post

SAN FRANCISCO — It was John Zawahri's failure to pass a background check that prevented him from buying a firearm in California several years ago. So the 23-year-old obtained an "unfinished receiver," the metal piece that holds the critical mechanisms that allow guns to fire, and built an assault rifle himself. Last summer, he went on a rampage at a college in Southern California, firing about 100 rounds and killing five people before police fatally shot... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Portland Press Herald (Maine) / Washington Post

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Iran,Bulgaria,South Sudan,Sudan,Africa,Congo (DRC)

13 May 2014

IRIN (UN News)

Virunga National Park — Her job is to track and trace small arms and ammunition in Africa's conflict zones. Each bullet, assault rifle, mortar, rocket or other item of military hardware she documents forms a piece of a huge jigsaw being created by the UK-based NGO Conflict Armaments Research (CAR) to map the precise flows of conflict weaponry in Africa. Moving within the ebb and flow of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) conflict, the investigator, who asked... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

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United States

12 May 2014

Los Angeles Times

When police confronted Tamerlan Tsarnaev four nights after the Boston Marathon bombing last year, he leaped from his car with a 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol and opened fire. He critically wounded one officer and, despite being shot himself, kept firing until the gun emptied or jammed. In a final act of defiance, he threw the pistol at police before he was killed. The tale of that handgun, a black Ruger P95, Serial Number 317-87693, offers new insights into the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

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Canada

7 May 2014

Toronto Star (Ontario)

There are no safeguards in Canadian firearms legislation to prevent people from purchasing a large number of handguns and then illegally transferring them to potential criminals. It's an area of the law that gun control advocates say needs to be strengthened, and was recently highlighted after a Toronto man was sent to prison for legally purchasing 47 handguns from two stores over five months and then illegally transferring 43 of them to an acquaintance, who acted as a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

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India

3 May 2014

Times of India

Navi Mumbai - Most illegal country-made guns, which are seized by the police in Navi Mumbai, have markings such as 'Made in USA', 'Made in England' and 'Made in Austria'. However, Navi Mumbai crime branch officials said that despite tall claims, these guns are primarily manufactured in foundries in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, and later sold in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, and Haryana, among others, at cheap rates. "We have so far seized 17 illegal country... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

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Kenya

29 April 2014

Capital FM (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo says 70 percent of all firearms owned by the State have been marked as the government takes an inventory of all issued weapons. The process was done after acquisition of eight firearm marking machines from the National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Iringo says the exercise is meant to enhance accountability in the management of the national firearms stock pile for easy identification of the origin of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Capital FM (Nairobi)

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Australia

29 April 2014

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

A man charged with stealing several rifles and shotguns from a Brisbane Catholic school will remain behind bars as police try to track down the weapons. Jason Francis Williams, 43, was remanded in custody after he appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Williams and a 27-year-old woman have been charged with breaking into a high-security building at St Joseph's Nudgee College and removing about 10 firearms. A large amount of ammunition was also stolen... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

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United States

26 April 2014

Seattle Times

BURLINGTON, Skagit County — For more than 65 years, Kesselring Gun Shop has been a firearms fixture in the Northwest, arming hunters, target shooters and police from one of the largest inventories on the West Coast. Until surrendering its federal firearms license last October, the family-owned gun store also may have been the worst gun retailer in America. It was nearly a decade ago when inspectors with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Seattle Times

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Turkey

23 April 2014

Today's Zaman (Istanbul), Opinion

Earlier this week, Turkey saw two terrifying incidents in which stray bullets caused injury and, in one case, the death of a 24-year-old. Erkan Bektaş, a waiter who was leaving work at a café in İstanbul's Beşiktaş district at 5 a.m., was shot in the head by a stray bullet when he was walking down the street. The individual who shot him was caught up in a bar fight. The dispute, which the young waiter was not involved in, had reportedly erupted among a group of men... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

38606

United States

22 April 2014

ProPublica

Federal funding for research on gun violence has been restricted for nearly two decades. President Obama urged Congress to allocate $10 million for new research after the Newtown school shooting. But House Republicans say they won't approve it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's budget still lists zero dollars for research on gun violence prevention. One of the researchers who lost funding in the political battle over studying firearms was Dr. Garen... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ProPublica

38652

Australia

22 April 2014

ABC News (Australia)

His name is ReadySetGo, and for $250 he can get you a gun straight out of a James Bond movie. It is an easily concealed plastic handgun that fires a plastic - but lethal - bullet and cannot be detected by X-rays and metal scanners. Or there is OzGun, who for $3,950 can source a single Glock 17s, the gun favoured by Australian law enforcement. OzGun can also get you ammunition, while ReadySetGo will provide barrels for his firearms in a variety of calibres: 9mm, .380,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

38582

Netherlands

17 April 2014

Netherlands Times

Police have been issuing fewer gun licenses in recent years and many are being revoked. In 2013 75,000 licenses were issued; this figure includes new licenses and extensions of sports and game firearm owners. It has dropped by 2,000 over 2011. Police say many applications are being denied - 109 in 2013, 75 in 2011 - and even more are being withdrawn - 230 in 2013, 346 in 2012 and 226 in 2011. The declining gun license figures are linked to a more restrictive policy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Netherlands Times

38647

Europe,United Kingdom

17 April 2014

London Evening Standard

Criminals are using a legal loophole to import guns into Britain for use in street shootings and robberies, the Standard can reveal. They are exploiting legislation allowing people to own firearms legally if the weapons are classified as "antiques", according to police and officials. The guns — which detectives say are lethal weapons — are brought from Europe, where they are easily and legally bought at antique arms fairs. Police say they are also being traded in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: London Evening Standard

38577

United States

10 April 2014

Washington Post

With last month's controversy over Vivek Murthy's nomination for surgeon general still fresh, the nation's second-largest physicians group reaffirmed Thursday that it considers firearm violence a public health issue and issued a wide-ranging set of recommendations to address the deaths and injuries caused by guns. The timing appears to be coincidental. But like Murthy — whose nomination was blocked in large part by a National Rifle Association offensive over his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38553

Sierra Leone

2 April 2014

Awoko (Sierra Leone)

In a bid to provide alternative livelihood for local manufacturers of light weapons such as shotguns, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has registered some 1,500 Blacksmiths in the Mano River Basin as pilot beneficiaries aimed at achieving that objective. The exercise, also aimed at reducing the impact of armed violence in the four-member country sub regional organization, was recently announced by the Programme Manager of AOAV, Francis Owane-Addo at the launch of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Awoko (Sierra Leone)

38524

United States

31 March 2014

Boston Globe

The first week of Boston's gun buyback program has led to the recovery of 136 firearms, including 129 pistols, the type of firearms most likely to be used in a crime, police said. Police Sergeant Michael McCarthy said the guns have been handed over to police in nearly every neighborhood, by people of a wide variety of ages. "We have had just about every type of community member bringing them in," said McCarthy. "And in just about every location, we had somebody... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Boston Globe

38518

Ghana,Mali,Togo,Côte d'Ivoire

19 March 2014

Ghana Web

The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons has begun a nationwide exercise to mark all weapons of the various security agencies. The exercise which started with the military will be extended to other security agencies such as the Police, prisons, immigration and the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS). The marking of weapons involves a systematic embossment of unique identification numbers on firearms to make them easily identifiable and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ghana Web

38477

Mexico,Russia,Georgia,Libya,United States,Colombia,Germany

1 March 2014

Deutsche Welle

German law prohibits the export of weapons to crisis or conflict regions. But guns sporting the label "Made in Germany" are being sold in war-torn Colombia. Manufacturers have denied any involvement in illegal exports. A person who wants to buy a gun legally in Colombia must be at least 25 years old, provide proof of income and a gun license and possess no criminal record. The arms trade in the South American country is a state monopoly run by the weapons manufacturer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

38422

United States,Mexico

28 February 2014

Reuters

Two Mexican nationals were indicted on Thursday on charges of running an outlaw weapons-supply shop in northern California that assembled and sold unmarked, illegal firearms and accessories, including machine-guns and silencers. A federal grand jury in Sacramento indicted brothers Luis Cortez-Garcia, 44, and Emiliano Cortez-Garcia, 37, on one count each of unlawful manufacturing and sales of firearms, conspiracy to unlawfully manufacture and sell firearms and multiple... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

38419

Ireland

24 February 2014

Herald (Dublin)

Almost 1,300 firearms, including shotguns and rifles, have been lost or stolen over the past four years. Official figures obtained by the Herald show around 1,134 registered weapons, mainly shotguns and rifles, were stolen in the last four years. Some 159 weapons were lost, most of which were shotguns, but also included in the list are 18 rifles and one airgun, which went missing last year. Last year alone eight firearms were lost or stolen every week. There are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Dublin)

38400

Russia,United States,Afghanistan,South Asia,Pakistan

24 February 2014

Daily Times (Lahore)

The proliferation of small arms and light weapons is one of the major security challenges currently faced by South Asia and Pakistan in particular. The trafficking and varied availability of these weapons fuel communal conflict, political instability and pose a threat, not only to security, but also to viable development. According to the Red Cross, one out of every two casualties in a war is a civilian stuck in the crossfire. The easy use and light weight of small... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Times (Lahore)

38399

Ghana

21 February 2014

Ghana Web

The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, on Wednesday, started its nationwide exercise to mark all weapons of the various security agencies, which aims at controlling the proliferation of illegal arms. The marking of the weapons involves a systematic embossment of unique identification numbers on firearms in an easily identifiable and coherent manner upon which a database will be kept to help trace any illegally diverted weapon from the state... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ghana Web

38390

Nigeria,Sierra Leone

10 February 2014

Concord Times (Freetown)

Two Nigerians - Paul Ekechukwu and Prince Duru - were last Friday remanded at the maximum security prison at Pademba Road for allegedly being in possession of firearms without license. The accused are being tried at the Freetown Magistrates' Court No. 2, presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, on two counts of unlawful possession of small arms without license, contrary to section 19(2) of the Arms and Ammunition Act No.14 of 1955, as repealed and replaced by section... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Concord Times (Freetown)

38353

Mexico,United States

1 February 2014

National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City)

Mexico, a state with highly restrictive gun laws, minimal arms manufacturing, and only one gun shop in the entire country, is awash in firearms, many of them from the United States. A study published last year by the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego estimates that upward to a quarter-million weapons are purchased in the U.S. and smuggled into Mexico annually. Amid the hyperviolence of Mexico's war on drugs, this southward flow of illicit arms has... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City)

38331

Russia

28 January 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – A visit to Moscow's popular and crowded IKEA furniture stores can often be a trying experience, but somebody appears to have courted temptation by taking along their Kalashnikov. Russian online media reported Tuesday that police are looking for somebody who left an assault rifle in a coatroom at an outlet of the Swedish retailer in the Moscow suburb of Khimki. The 1974 Kalashnikov and more than 100 rounds of ammunition were discovered Tuesday morning at the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

38316

United States,St Kitts & Nevis

27 January 2014

SKN Vibes, Media release

BASSETERRE, St Kitts - The Electronic Tracing System (eTrace), utilized by the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force since September 2012, has proven quite useful and has led to a number of arrests at home and abroad. A recent report indicated that eighteen illegal firearms seized by security forces in 2013, have been traced using the database accessed by law enforcement in more than 30 countries outside of the United States. The system helps to determine a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SKN Vibes

38312

South Africa

26 January 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Post (South Africa)

Police have uncovered a corrupt gun syndicate that has granted temporary firearm licences to 150 Chinese nationals in Durban. The Sunday Tribune has learnt that the Chinese businessmen have been able to buy the temporary licences for R30 000 from corrupt police officials, often with a turnaround time of a day. Sources close to the probe, who cannot be named as they are not authorised to speak to the media, said there were major discrepancies in the licence issuing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Post (South Africa)

38308

United States

23 January 2014

New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Smith & Wesson, the firearms manufacturer, announced Thursday that it would not sell new semiautomatic pistols in California because of its objections to a gun safety law that took effect in the state last May. The Unsafe Handgun Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007, requires gun makers to use a technology called microstamping in new or upgraded gun models. Microstamping uses a laser to print a unique code on shell... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38306

United States

23 January 2014

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Thursday that it would stop selling newly designed semiautomatic pistols in California because of a state law requiring those firearms to imprint a unique, identifying "microstamp" on bullet casings. The law, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 but not implemented until May 2013, is intended to help police investigators link shell casings found at crime scenes to a specific gun. Smith & Wesson joins gun maker... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

38305

South Africa

18 January 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN - Teenage hitmen as young as 14 are terrorising the streets of Mitchells Plain, and while police battle to curb the rampant gun trade, the increasing use of homemade firearms threatens to further derail any chance of controlling gang violence. Mitchells Plain's worst areas, such as Beacon Valley, have at least one illegal gun on every street, according to police. Gangs are using the bravado of youths as a means to eliminate their rivals, sometimes with crude... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

38299

United Kingdom

12 January 2014

Independent (UK)

Surrounded by a fearsome array of 2,000 assorted lethal weapons ranging from a rocket-propelled grenade to a homemade blunderbuss, Tony Gallagher points to a rack of 100-year-old revolvers straight out of a cowboy film. He said: "We're seeing a few more of these on the streets now." As a forensic expert for the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) at its high-security laboratory in an anonymous building in a Birmingham suburb, Tony and his colleagues know... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (UK)

38270

Belgium,China,South Korea,El Salvador,Honduras,United States,Italy,Russia,Guatemala

6 January 2014

Vermelho / El Pais

[Translated summary: Around 60% of legal guns traced in El Salvador originate in the US according to ATF data. The US has a similar tracing system in place with Honduras and Guatemala. 70% of El Salvador's homicides are committed with firearms. Many of these guns are bought legally in America and trafficked to El Salvador.] Cerca de 60% das armas legais rastreadas em El Salvador têm sua origem nos Estados Unidos. O dado, obtido graças a um programa de colaboração... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vermelho / El Pais

38247

United States,Canada

17 December 2013

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

Riccardo Tolliver pulled up to the Ambassador Bridge customs booth, his pulse quickening, his nerves rattling, firepower on his mind. But he dared not show anxiety – not with almost 40 handguns hidden in door panels of his black Hummer H2. He had hired a friend to drive, it being the first time Tolliver personally smuggled guns across the Canadian border. He figured as a passenger he would not be flagged. He was wrong. Border officers noticed a drunk-driving... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Windsor Star (Ontario)

38194

United States,Canada

17 December 2013

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

The biggest Windsor-Detroit gun-smuggling ring ever busted came crashing down because of a seatbelt. One unbuckled belt. One routine traffic stop. A bunch of odd answers. And 16 illegal firearms hidden in a trunk. Special Agent Brian Beardsley with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, knew he had something big the night he took a call in March 2005 from the Monroe County Sheriff's Department saying officers found 16 handguns with serial... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Windsor Star (Ontario)

38193

United States

16 December 2013

Washington Post

More than a year after the most significant mass shooting this century, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Congress has failed to curtail the availability of guns in America. But one thing has happened on the federal level - or rather, not happened - that has at least delayed the spread of U.S.-made sporting firearms around the world. For the past four years, the State Department has been working to streamline the process of exporting goods that can be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38199

Nigeria

13 December 2013

This Day (Lagos)

A report has revealed that all parts of Nigeria are ravaged with armed violence, which has been detrimental to the socio-economic well-being of the country, with 80 per cent of weapons in private hands having been acquired illegally. The report, titled: 'The Violent Road', which was presented to the media in Abuja yesterday, was conducted by the National Working Group on Armed Violence (NWGAV) in conjunction with the United Kingdom based Non Governmental Organisation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

38183

United States

13 December 2013

University of California / EurekAlert, Media release

SACRAMENTO, California — More intensive screening to identify firearm owners among individuals who are subject to domestic violence restraining orders, and streamlining processes to recover guns at the time those restraining orders are served could help enforce existing laws that prohibit these offenders from having firearms, a pilot study conducted by violence prevention experts at the University of California, Davis, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: University of California / EurekAlert

38182

United States

12 December 2013

New York Times

To get to Joe Manchin's private office in the Hart Senate Office Building, you first pass through a lobby where you encounter a small bronze statue of an Old West lawman holding a firearm — an award given to Manchin several years ago by a chapter of the National Rifle Association for his unswerving defense of gun rights. Then you turn down a hallway, past several framed photographs of children who were victims of the massacre a year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38180

United States

12 December 2013

Mother Jones (USA)

An unthinkable massacre ignites an intense national debate. Then, Congress does nothing. The powerful gun lobby wins again. End of story. [Interactive charts of US state gun laws are displayed in the original] So went the popular narrative last spring with the collapse of gun control legislation on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, scores of people have been wounded or killed in five new mass shootings and other gun rampages around the country, and an estimated 30,000 have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mother Jones (USA)

38177

United States,Côte d'Ivoire,Liberia

11 December 2013

New Dawn (Monrovia)

Details emerging from the latest UN Panel of Experts report on Liberia have unveiled some chilling and staggering information as to how government officials and or political appointees are secretly acquiring firearms. The UN Panelists appointed to monitor the arms embargo and other military related activities here in pursuant to UN resolution 2079 (2012), said most of the firearms were either purchased from returning mercenaries from the Ivory Coast or through other... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Dawn (Monrovia)

38168

Bahamas

6 December 2013

Bahamas Weekly

NASSAU, Bahamas - An enhanced effort by the RBPF Firearms Tracing and Investigations Unit, aimed at ridding the streets of illegal firearms is paying off. Officers assigned to the Unit have removed more than 100 illegal weapons off streets across New Providence since its implementation in September 2013. The recovery of five (5) illegal weapons off the streets of New Providence on Thursday 5th December 2013, was yet another example of the excellent work of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bahamas Weekly

38152

Kazakhstan

5 December 2013

Central Asian Online

ASTANA – Kazakhstani citizens this autumn handed in more than 8,500 illegal firearms, almost 800,000 rounds of ammunition, and 50 explosive devices to the police during a weapon buy-back campaign, Tengri News reported December 4, citing the Interior Ministry (MVD). Police paid 268m KZS (US $1.7m) for the firearms, bullets and explosives. The buy-back ran from September 1 to November 30, the MVD... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Central Asian Online

38167

Canada

4 December 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives have once again pushed back regulations that would require gun manufacturers and importers to imprint the year and country of origin on their products. It's the sixth time the federal government has punted the regulations, which are required by two international treaties, down the road for more consultations with industry. And the government is signalling the current review may result in the repeal of the regulations... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

38147

Jamaica

3 December 2013

Jamaica Observer

Commissioner Owen Ellington appears pleased that the police force's forensic capabilities have been upgraded with new equipment and technology, as well as training for staff. Now, he is anxious to have the expertise gained by the constabulary tested in the courts. "There are some very important cases to come to court soon, and I think there's one in court now which, if we get an opportunity, we can put on display some of the new investigative techniques that we've... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

38142

United States,El Salvador,Guatemala,Central America

2 December 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A program to track El Salvador's hundreds of thousands of firearms has established that most come from the United States, suggesting civil war era weapons are being replaced through new arms trafficking networks. With training from the US Office on Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), El Salvador's National Police (PNC) has tracked around 34,000 arms in the last two years, reported La Prensa Grafica. The aim is ultimately to track all legal registered arms, which the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38136

Europe,United States

1 December 2013

OSCE

Like many technological advances that make the headlines, the technique of 3D printing, or additive fabrication as it is more properly called, is not really new. industrial manufacturers have been using it for decades, primarily as a quick way of creating prototypes. What is new, however, is that 3D printers have become inexpensive enough to be readily available to the average person. Nowadays you can get a 3D printer for US$1,000 – although you will still pay a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: OSCE

38188

United States,Europe

1 December 2013

OSCE

In 2010 the United Kingdom's National Ballistic Intelligence Service (NBIS) received a request to research the origin of three Glock pistols recovered in the North West of England. Within days, it had established that the weapons had been purchased from a weapons manufacturer in North Carolina, United States. This was possible thanks to close collaboration with the American Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (AtF) and the use of eTrace, its online tracing tool,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: OSCE

38187

Russia,Germany,Sri Lanka,Iran,Côte d'Ivoire,Afghanistan,United States,Canada,Togo,Ireland,India,Israel,Syria,Iraq

30 November 2013

Economist

To help push Soviet forces out of Afghanistan in the 1980s, America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gave Afghan fighters shoulder-launched Stinger anti-aircraft missiles (pictured). Accurate and easy-to-use, the Stingers caused grievous losses. But after the Soviet withdrawal in 1989, the CIA wanted to discourage the use of the leftover missiles. It got hold of some of those circulating on the black market and booby-trapped them, so that anyone who tried to fire one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

38133

Canada,Israel,United States

28 November 2013

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

A military veteran from Wheeling, W.Va., has been sentenced to five years of federal probation for illegally shipping guns to Israel, Canada and elsewhere. Michael Frank, 26, admitted in January that he sold 24 weapons to foreign customers. The U.S. attorney's office had argued that he deserved at least four years in prison, while his lawyer asked for an alternative to jail time. He was sentenced Tuesday. The case began in May 2012 after authorities in Jerusalem... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

38125

Africa,South Sudan

27 November 2013

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — The United Nations Mission in South Sudan, through it disarmament, demobilization and reintegration work is providing intensive training to the South Sudan security services in order to create a national Bureau for Community Security and Small Arms Control. A composite group from South Sudan's army (SPLA), the South Sudanese Police Service, National Security, Wildlife and Prison Services have participated in an intensive 12-day training funded by the UNMISS... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

38128

Canada

14 November 2013

Times-Colonist (British Columbia)

Police unveiled a "staggering collection" of firearms Wednesday, seized from a Prince George home following an investigation that began when border guards came across two suspicious packages. Karl Haus, 53, now faces 17 charges in relation to the haul from a Prospect Point home in the Hart Highlands where police uncovered nine rifles — a fully-automatic M-16 and a fully-automatic AK-47 among them — as well as three handguns, two of which were loaded, and two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times-Colonist (British Columbia)

38080

Israel,United States

7 November 2013

Jerusalem Post

A National Rifle Association delegation from the United States was joined by former US ambassador to the UN John R. Bolton Thursday for a tour and briefing at the capital's Police Intelligence and Observation Center, located in the Old City. The state-of-the-art center, which features nearly 40 high definition screens monitoring the Old City 24 hours a day, is utilized to alert officers to any potential threats. Bolton, who served under former president George W. Bush... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jerusalem Post

38056

Italy

29 October 2013

Gazzetta del Sud (Italy)

POMIGLIANO D'ARCO, Naples - Carabinieri military police on Tuesday unearthed a small arms cache buried in a cemetery in the town of Pomigliano D'Arco located northeast of Naples, near Mount Vesuvius. The mini arsenal consisted of a 12-caliber shotgun and three sub-machine guns, all with no serial numbers, as well as more than 1000 bullets of various calibers. The weapons were taken to a ballistics lab for testing to find out if they have been used by the Naples Camorra... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gazzetta del Sud (Italy)

38025

Denmark,Southern Europe,Eastern Europe,Norway,Sweden,Croatia,Kosovo,Albania,Montenegro,Serbia

25 October 2013

Southeast European Times

Increasing police co-operation and raising public awareness about the danger from firearms is the key to limiting the trafficking of illegal weapons in the Balkans, experts said. Civil society groups estimated there are millions of small and light arms that are widely available. "The significant number of circulating small and light weapons creates a fertile ground for the general sense of insecurity, vulnerability of citizens to armed violence and serious crime, with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

38017

Canada

24 October 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Some B.C. residents are capitalizing on the illicit gun trade by making gun parts and even firearms to sell to local criminals. Cpl. Frank Grosspietsch of the RCMP's National Weapons Enforcement Support Team said a "cottage industry" has sprung up in B.C. in recent years among people willing to arm gangsters and other criminals. B.C.-made noise suppressors - which muffle gunshots and are commonly and inaccurately called silencers - have been used in recent murders,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

38014

Malaysia

23 October 2013

Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

KUALA LUMPUR — Putrajaya revealed today that it has taken action against 24 police officers for losing their guns over the last three years, according to deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Wan Jaafar. Wan Junaidi said that 13 officers were slapped with disciplinary action for the offence in 2010, followed by four others in 2011 and another seven the following year. "We may call it disciplinary action, but it is more serious than it sounds. It is more like a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

38013

European Union,Ireland

21 October 2013

Independent (Dublin)

Almost three-quarters of Irish people think gun crime is going to escalate, a report has found. As the European Commission called for tighter controls on firearms including stricter licensing, it released findings of a survey which showed 71% of Irish people expect an increase in gun violence in the next five years, compared to an average of 58% across the continent. Brussels said it wants to use new laws, including possible minimum sentencing, to tackle the threats... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

38004

Afghanistan,Pakistan

18 October 2013

Daily Bhaskar (India)

KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA, Pakistan - Darra Adam Khel is a town in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, located between Peshawar and Kohat, very close to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. It is inhabited by Pashtuns of the Afridi clan, the Adam Khel. The town consists of one main street lined with shops, with some alleys and side streets containing workshops. Darra Adam Khel is devoted entirely to the production of ordnance. Located in between Kohat and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Bhaskar (India)

37988

Canada

16 October 2013

Lethbridge Herald (Alberta)

A retired Lethbridge police officer accused in an illegal Calgary gun ring now faces new charges. Daniel Francis Bennett, 65, is accused of falsely reporting to police that several handguns had been stolen from his West Lethbridge garage and then filing a bogus insurance claim. Calgary police later uncovered some of those guns as they searched for the source of an illegal weapons trade on the streets of Calgary. Bennett, who retired from the Lethbridge Regional Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lethbridge Herald (Alberta)

37986

Kenya

9 October 2013

Standard (Nairobi)

NAIROBI, Kenya - A worker was shocked when he discovered three AK 47 rifles and more than 80 bullets hidden in a bush near a popular golf club in Nairobi's Karen area. The rifles with 87 bullets were discovered on Tuesday evening by a worker at the golf club hidden in the bush while covered with clothes and a bag. Police say they are yet to know the owners of the luggage believed to have hidden them there after using them in unknown incident. Langata head of CID... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

37953

Mexico,United States

6 October 2013

Minnesota Public Radio / Associated Press

WASHINGTON - When President Barack Obama picked B. Todd Jones to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, it looked like the moment had arrived when the beleaguered ATF would reassert itself as an agency with teeth. It was January, and the nation was embroiled in a rare debate on gun control, the result of the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school the previous month. The White House pushed for tougher gun laws and Congress seemed unusually... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Minnesota Public Radio / Associated Press

37945

Paraguay,Panama,United States,Costa Rica

1 October 2013

Tico Times

Starting Tuesday, aspiring gun owners in Costa Rica can now obtain their permits online, part of a larger trend by the government to include more services on the web. The head of the Public Security Ministry, Mario Zamora, made the announcement at a Tuesday press conference in the western San José neighborhood of La Sabana. Zamora noted that the system will make it easier for permit-holders and will be a law enforcement tool, tracking the country's firearms. "The new... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tico Times

37935

Barbados

27 September 2013

Stabroek News (Guyana)

Police investigators were yesterday working with the Customs Department to determine from which country 18 disassembled firearms were shipped into Barbados. They were also looking for a fourth suspect in connection with Tuesday's weapons discovery at a Christ Church home, which included various calibers of guns and ammunition. The suspected involvement of a Customs broker and a mechanic among three people held by lawmen has triggered an intelligence operation headed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stabroek News (Guyana)

37937

Sudan,Germany

18 September 2013

Sudan Vision Daily

KHARTOUM - German Embassy in Khartoum and the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) celebrated, here yesterday, receiving of support from the German Embassy that including equipment and technical systems to assist in the registration of arms in Darfur. German Ambassador to Khartoum said that his country supports the efforts to achieve peace and security in Sudan. He praised the efforts of the DDR in supporting programmes of peace and stability, pointing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Vision Daily

37887

Australia,United States,Sweden,England & Wales,Germany

12 September 2013

Courier-Journal (Kentucky) / Associated Press

In a secretive corner of the Internet, buyers and sellers can meet up in a marketplace where virtually anything is available. That's where federal investigators say that 33-year-old Adam Joseph Bunger used various aliases to sell weapons to buyers overseas — including to people in countries with strict firearm purchasing and ownership laws. Bunger is charged in federal court in Kentucky with shipping a firearm in foreign commerce, delivering a firearm to an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Courier-Journal (Kentucky) / Associated Press

37870

European Union,United Kingdom

12 September 2013

UK Home Office and Ministry of Justice

The Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice (Damian Green): The UK has opted into the draft Council Decision to approve, on behalf of the EU, the UN Firearms Protocol against the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components and ammunition. The Protocol supplements the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime. The Protocol creates a legal regime for the transnational movement of firearms and contains... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: UK Home Office and Ministry of Justice

37869

Mexico,United States

12 September 2013

San Antonio Express-News (Texas)

An assault rifle seized during the July arrest of one of Mexico's most violent drug lords — Miguel Angel "Z-40" Treviño Morales — has been traced to a shady gun seller whose Spring Branch home was searched last week and netted what authorities said was a "small arsenal." More than 10,000 rounds of ammunition, 76 guns and $15,000 in cash were seized from Manuel "Manny" Rodriguez, 65, who was sentenced in 2002 to 47 months in the federal penitentiary after being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Antonio Express-News (Texas)

37864

Taiwan

11 September 2013

China Post (Taiwan)

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) recently cooperated with the Taoyuan County Police Bureau to arrest three suspects on charges of drug possession and firearm sales, seizing a large number of modified firearms and drugs. Between Saturday and Monday authorities seized three modified guns, 28 bullets, two cartridges, a bullet-proof vest, 11.56 grams of heroine and 43.23 grams of amphetamines. The Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office will prosecute... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Post (Taiwan)

37889

India

10 September 2013

Times of India

NEW DEHLI - One factor that led to the Muzaffarnagar riots going out of hand is the region's gun culture and weapons, mostly legal, owned by residents. Preliminary investigations have found that during the riots shots were fired from licenced weapons which number over 15,000 in the riot-hit region. Sources in riot control operations said some of those who died were shot by .12 bore licenced rifles. "Further investigations will be carried out to nail people behind... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37853

United States,Canada

6 September 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

An Osoyoos man has been charged after allegedly selling dozens of smuggled firearms to gangsters in the Okanagan and Metro Vancouver. Tyler Ryan Cuff, 30, is believed to have used his dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship to legally purchase Glocks and other handguns at various Washington State gun shows. Cuff then allegedly smuggled the firearms into B.C. inside both a truck and car passing through the border crossing between Osoyoos and Oroville, Washington. Sgt. Lindsey... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

37836

Sierra Leone,West Africa

5 September 2013

Awoko (Sierra Leone)

The Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) yesterday received two Electric Marking Machines through its partnership with the Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). The Marking Machines if effectively utilized, will aid the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms and the Government in general, to trace weapons in the possession of primary forces and civilians in Sierra Leone. According to the Commissioner of the Sierra Leone National Commission on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Awoko (Sierra Leone)

37847

South Africa,South Sudan

26 August 2013

Bor Globe (USA)

The United Nations (UN) has enlisted the services of a South African partnership to establish a weapons marking and identification system in South Sudan. The marking and identification process is unique in Africa and was designed and developed in South Africa by a partnership of FACTT, a software development company, and Traceability Solutions, a hardware development and manufacturing organisation. "If ever there was a baptism by fire for our product, this is it,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bor Globe (USA)

37794

Uruguay

21 August 2013

La Red 21 (Uruguay)

[Translated summary: The Uruguay Government has passed a draft law which bans the possession and carrying of firearms and ammunition that have not been approved by the Ministries of Interior and Defence. Weapons and dealers must be registered with authorities, as unregistered weapons may be seized. The penalties for arms trafficking and altering either weapons or markings have been increased.] El proyecto contó con los votos afirmativos de la bancada del Frente... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Red 21 (Uruguay)

37801

United States

21 August 2013

Atlantic (USA)

It was swift and cowardly. Defenseless, distracted by music, Alex sat in the passenger seat of the rental as I made my way to the trunk. I remembered Frankie's words: "It's loaded, cocked, and the safety is off. All you have to do is pull the trigger." At that point in our lives, Alex and I, both in our early twenties, were gun-toting thugs immersed in gangster culture. We were out on bail for separate gun charges. A few years before, Alex had been acquitted of murder... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Atlantic (USA)

37784

Indonesia

14 August 2013

Jakarta Post

The National Police will crack down on illegal possession of firearms following a series of shootings against police officers and prison guards. National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Oegroseno said on Tuesday that strict law enforcement would be imposed on those possessing illegal firearms. "We will intensify our precautionary measures. Those who are fooling around with firearms will face legal proceedings," Oegroseno told reporters at National Police headquarters on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

37757

Venezuela

7 August 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Last month President Nicolas Maduro signed into law a disarmament bill that has gone under various revisions within the National Assembly since 2010. The law signifies an important attempt by the Venezuelan government and legislature to control the flow of arms in the country. In this post we look at the evolution of the law, the conflicts that the law has produced (both between the opposition and the government and within Chavista ranks), and provide a summary of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37764

Suriname

5 August 2013

Xinhua

KINGSTON - The Organization of American States (OAS) will train Suriname police on Tuesday and Wednesday to combat arms trafficking through marking weapons, according to reports reaching here from Paramaribo on Monday. The two-day workshop will take place at police headquarters in Paramaribo where Suriname policemen will be trained in using firearms marking machine donated by OAS. Firearms marking is a process that permanently marks the weapon with unique and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

37774

Germany,East Africa,Tanzania

3 August 2013

Tanzania Daily News

A high percentage of firearms in the country are currently in the hands of wrong people and President Jakaya Kikwete has issued a directive for culprits to surrender weapons immediately or face the full force of the law. Addressing residents in Biharamulo District, Mr Kikwete issued a two week ultimatum for culprits to comply, warning that a major operation is underway to recover these weapons. "We cannot allow Tanzanians to be terrorised by a few criminals," warned... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

37726

Malaysia

2 August 2013

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR - Police are conducting a massive ballistics and gun-matching exercise to narrow down the leads in shooting cases that have seen a surge in recent months. The force recently acquired the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) to analyse bullets and guns and is rapidly building up a comprehensive database. This means that investigators will be able to compare ballistics evidence gathered at crime scenes and from criminals against the central... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia)

37720

South America,United States,Mexico,Central America,Caribbean,Brazil

31 July 2013

Los Angeles Times

Lax U.S. gun regulations are enabling the international trafficking of high-powered weapons and fueling the spread of gun violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Council on Foreign Relations argues in a report urging President Obama to take action on initiatives that have foundered in Congress. More than 70% of the 99,000 weapons recovered by Mexican law enforcement since 2007 were traced to U.S. manufacturers and importers, the council report said, citing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

37722

Greece

30 July 2013

Ekathimerini (Greece)

Police searching for a missing 16-year-old girl in the Athens neighborhood of Dafni stumbled upon an arms cache and arrested a 44-year-old man they believe may be a weapons dealer. Officers searched an apartment block in the area on suspicion that the teenager had been there with a 29-year-old convicted murderer and rapist who escaped recently from Grevena Prison. They found traces that the fugitive and the 16-year-old had been in the building's underground... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ekathimerini (Greece)

37713

United States,Mexico

30 July 2013

Action on Armed Violence

For all the news and emotion surrounding the debate over mass-shootings and gun-control within the United States, another related tragedy has been unfolding simultaneously just across the border. But, unlike in the US, this tragedy has much greater bloodshed and much less media attention. Since 2006, tens of thousands of people have been killed in Mexico in drug-related violence. The numbers dead are similar to a conventional war. But, in contrast to other conflicts... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Action on Armed Violence

37709

Guatemala

25 July 2013

El Semanario (Mexico)

[Translated summary: Over 4,100 people have been arrested in Guatemala for illegal weapons possession since January 2012 as authorities consider law reform to increase penalties. Official data shows 14,090 people are licensed to carry guns while a new strategy to disarm criminal groups is under way. 90% of homicides are gun-related and 80% of victims are between 14 - 24 years old.] Guatemala, Guatemala.- El ministro de Gobernación de Guatemala, Mauricio López... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Semanario (Mexico)

37702

India

23 July 2013

India Today

If there was a prize for criminality with chutzpah, the gunmakers of Bihar's Munger district would win it hands down. Or hands up. A Central government employment scheme has been funding several talented gunsmiths in this district for years. Munger is the traditional hub of a flourishing indigenous gun-making industry, till recently geared to making crude single-shot kattas and now moving on to West-inspired pistols and rifles. It's all illegal, of course. According to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: India Today

37690

Caribbean,Honduras

23 July 2013

Cayman News Service

The Caribbean's ambassador to the United Nations has said the region needs to address the small arms trade which is causing intense violence in its communities. Speaking at the seventh general meeting of CARICOM and the UN in New York Monday, Irwin Larocque, CARICOM's Secretary-General said citizen security was of paramount concern as the "dimensions of the scourge of crime" increased and the region was plagued by the illegal trade in small arms. The Caribbean is a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cayman News Service

37687

South Africa

16 July 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Star (Johannesburg)

JOHANNESBURG - Military police swooped on a security compound in Midrand on Monday, confiscating assault-rifle ammunition allegedly stolen from the army. This comes in the wake of several exposés by The Star about alleged corrupt arms dealings by Dave Sheer Guns and two SAPS brigadiers. On Sunday, Brigadier Mathapelo Miriam Mangwani, from the Central Firearms Registry, and the section head of firearms compliance, Brigadier Hlamane Elias Mahlabane, were suspended... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Star (Johannesburg)

37665

Venezuela,Honduras,South America

15 July 2013

Lowell Sun (USA)

LIMA, Peru — Besieged by one of the world's highest murder rates, Venezuelans are hoping against hope that new gun controls may finally halt the violent crime wave engulfing their country. The new Disarmament Law will restrict purchases of guns and ammunition to the army, police and the country's booming private security industry. Previously, anyone with a permit could legally buy a gun in Venezuela. Signed into law in June by President Nicolas Maduro and due to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lowell Sun (USA)

37663

Sierra Leone

12 July 2013

Concord Times (Sierra Leone)

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), an international non-governmental organization working in partnership with the Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA), has in a baseline survey report on Armed Violence in Sierra Leone, recommended that government urgently implement the Arms and Ammunition Act of 2012, in order to track and trace firearms throughout the country. "While the use of firearms is less common, these incidents resulted in injury or death for 100%... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Concord Times (Sierra Leone)

37658

Caribbean

10 July 2013

Bahamas Weekly

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - CARICOM Member States have taken the next step in enabling the newly-created Regional Integrated Ballistic Information Network (RIBIN) Board to begin its work by electing representatives to serve on the RIBIN Board pursuant to a decision of the 5th Meeting of the Council of Ministers Responsible for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE). The Director of the Forensic Science Laboratory Jamaica, Dr. Judith Mowatt, was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bahamas Weekly

37651

Hong Kong,India

8 July 2013

Times of India

LUCKNOW - The Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the UP Police on Sunday arrested Ramzan Ali of Machhriya locality under Naubasta police station of Kanpur in connection with an international racket involving smuggling parts of top branded firearms from Hong Kong region into India and then assembling them together here to sell weapons to the underworld at a premium. His name figured in the case after the arrest of retired airlines officer Deesa from Mumbai who has so far... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37646

Libya,Syria,Turkey,Qatar,Russia

5 July 2013

Xinhua

MOSCOW - Russia on Friday urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to investigate media reports about illegal arms supply to the opposition in Syria. "Russia applied to the UNSC Committee overseeing sanctions against Libya asking to initiate an investigation of the information (about alleged arms supply to the Syrian opposition from Libya)," the ministry said in an online statement. It cited reports in western media that Libya has been supplying Syrian opposition with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

37645

South Africa

3 July 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Star (Johannesburg)

Johannesburg - A popular Joburg gun shop is at the centre of a police investigation into allegations of large-scale police corruption, bribery and creating fraudulent export permits. An employee who worked at the gun dealer alleges that she paid bribes to police officers and lied to clients as part of her job as a sales manager. She cannot be named as she is a State witness. The Star has learnt that the Hawks and forensic consultants Paul O'Sullivan and Associates... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Star (Johannesburg)

37628

France,Syria,Germany,Libya,Qatar,Switzerland,United States

18 June 2013

Pacific Standard (USA)

Last night, in a televised interview with Charlie Rose, President Obama made the case for arming anti-Assad forces in Syria. In part, Obama was responding to critics who claim the U.S. weapons, once released, will be hard to control. Is that true? Scholars who study small arms proliferation have looked at the 2011 war in Libya as a guide and found evidence of illegal arms transfers and poor tracking of weapons. More than a year after the war ended, no overall... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pacific Standard (USA)

37590

United States

17 June 2013

Bloomberg (USA), Editorial

How do criminals get their guns? Are there observable patterns to gun crime? Who is at the greatest risk of injury, or causing injury to others, from firearm use? Which gun-safety practices are most effective at preventing accidental injury? The answers to these and other basic questions remain difficult and obscure in part thanks to a senseless ban, on the books for a decade, that limits research on gun violence and denies researchers and even police and prosecutors... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

37576

United States

14 June 2013

Guardian (UK)

Gun sales at Smith & Wesson have hit an all-time high during a year marked by some of the most horrific acts of gun violence in US history. The arms manufacturer reported this week that sales for the year ending 30 April had hit a record $588m, a 43% year-on-year rise. Smith & Wesson said fourth-quarter sales were up 38% year-on-year to $179m. It told investors it expects its first-quarter financial results to top market expectations and is planning to buy back $100m... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37570

Vanuatu

6 June 2013

Daily Post (Vanuatu)

The Vanuatu Police Force has now advanced by launching a new firearms database system, after using manual system in the last 33 years since Independence. Records of over 4,000 registered firearms throughout Vanuatu were transferred from the manual system to the new database system before the official launching yesterday morning. There are 1,139 guns or firearms registered on Efate alone while the rest of the overall total of over 4,000 guns are owned by individuals... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Post (Vanuatu)

37531

United States

5 June 2013

New York Times

WASHINGTON — A panel of experts convened in response to the school shooting last year in Newtown, Conn., gave the federal government an ambitious set of priorities on Wednesday for research on guns, ending what experts said has been a 17-year hiatus in the study of gun violence after Congress took away federal money for the topic in the 1990s. President Obama has included $10 million for gun-related research in his 2014 budget, the first federal financing for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37537

Trinidad & Tobago,Caribbean,Barbados,Jamaica

31 May 2013

Barbados Advocate

This island's top cop has revealed steps are being taken – not only on the local front, but regionally – to arrest the problem of gun crimes. Speaking during the hand-over of a hydraulic shears at the Central Police Station from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), Commissioner Darwin Dottin noted that there were countries in this region where more than 80 per cent of all homicides... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Barbados Advocate

37553

Caribbean,Barbados,Canada,Trinidad & Tobago,Jamaica

31 May 2013

Barbados Advocate

This island's top cop has revealed steps are being taken – not only on the local front, but regionally – to arrest the problem of gun crimes. Speaking during the hand-over of a hydraulic shears at the Central Police Station from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), Commissioner Darwin Dottin noted that there were countries in this region where more than 80 per cent of all homicides... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Barbados Advocate

37510

Saudi Arabia,Libya,Mexico,Germany

30 May 2013

Deutsche Welle

Germany prides itself on having "strict, even restrictive regulations" for the export of weapons of war. All the same, German weapons regularly show up in regions they should not be in. For years, every single government coalition in Germany has stated that the country has particularly strict regulations for sales of weapons of war to foreign countries. Regularly, however, weapons used abroad but "made in Germany" get into the news. People are outraged when assault... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

37508

United States

29 May 2013

Washington Post

Every few hours, in a routine that is sometimes grim but more often mundane, local police take a gun off the streets. Since 2000, nearly 50,000 guns have been recovered by authorities in the District and Prince George's County. That is enough to arm every law enforcement officer in Maryland, the District and Virginia, with a couple of thousand guns to spare. Police confiscate guns after drive-bys, drug raids and traffic stops. They find them tossed on roofs and thrown... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37499

Italy,United States

29 May 2013

Newcastle Herald (New South Wales) / New York Times

The Glock executive testified that he would keep doing business with a gun dealer who had been indicted on a charge of violating firearms laws because "this is still America" and "you're still innocent until proven guilty". The president of Sturm, Ruger & Co was not interested in knowing how often the police traced guns back to the company's distributors, saying it "wouldn't show us anything". And an executive for Taurus International Manufacturing said his company... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newcastle Herald (New South Wales) / New York Times

37496

Côte d'Ivoire,West Africa

28 May 2013

Global Times (China)

Cote d'Ivoire's National Commission for Fighting Against Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (COMNAT-ALPC) on Monday said authorities plan to mark all weapons used by security forces for arms control. The COMNAT-ALPC under-secretary, Leon Djokouehi, told reporters in Abidjan that the marking of the weapons will enable authorities to identify all the arms in circulation and their holders to prevent proliferation. "When we decide to mark a weapon, it's treated... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

37492

Germany

27 May 2013

New Europe (Belgium)

On 27 May, the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that the German small arms sales reached a new record high in 2012. According to the article, the sales more than doubled compared with 2011. The Süddeutsche reported that approved German small arms exports hit €76.15 million in 2012, compared to €37.9 million in 2011. The second-highest figure dates back in 2009. Then exports sales stood at €70.4 million. Deutsche Welle reported that small weapons are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Europe (Belgium)

37490

United States

22 May 2013

Washington Post

SAN JOSE, California — A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a wireless controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved — and disable it remotely. The technology, but not an actual gun, was demonstrated Tuesday at a wireless technology conference in Las Vegas and was shown to The Associated Press in advance. It comes at a time when lawmakers around the U.S. are considering contentious smart gun laws that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37481

Germany,Nigeria,China,United States,United Kingdom

17 May 2013

Democrat and Chronicle (USA)

British arms dealer Gary Hyde has admitted helping smuggle illegal AK-47 magazines into the United States for sale by a Chili-based firearms wholesaler, federal court records show. Hyde signed a plea agreement in late April but it was not filed until this week, records show. Hyde admitted that he had helped alter the markings on the 5,760 magazines so their country of origin — China — would not be known. In the U.S., there is a federal ban on the importation of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Democrat and Chronicle (USA)

37464

Dominica,United States,Virgin Islands (US)

15 May 2013

CBS News (USA) / Associated Press

HOUSTON — A man with ties to the Caribbean has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for sending guns bought in Texas to the U.S. Virgin Islands. A federal judge in Houston on Wednesday sentenced 22-year-old Tyrone Reid. Investigators say Reid is a citizen of Dominica who's been living in Houston. A jury in February convicted Reid of a conspiracy-related firearms count and two charges of making false statements to a firearms dealer. Prosecutors say Reid was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBS News (USA) / Associated Press

37456

Malaysia

15 May 2013

Asia One (Singapore)

KUALA LUMPUR - An influx of cheap weapons coming through our porous borders from neighbouring countries has led to a rise in gun-toting criminals and assassins for hire. Police say there are more than 200 jalan tikus or hidden entry points along the border which syndicates use to smuggle in the guns. The firearms are believed to be from the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. According to Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin, who announced the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Asia One (Singapore)

37451

Canada

13 May 2013

CBC News (Canada)

Advanced technology is helping Toronto police learn more about the history of the guns they seize from city streets, but wary criminals are paying attention and taking steps to thwart that process. Police say that when they retrieve bullets, fragments or shell casings from crime scenes, investigators can tell if they have come from a firearm that they have seen before. They do this using the Integrated Ballistics Identification System, a Canadian-designed technology... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37440

Guatemala

8 May 2013

Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

A ballistics report prepared by the National Forensic Science Institute (Inacif) established that 32 firearms, which were held by members of the Mara Salvatrucha, have been used in 238 homicides, according to the Public Ministry. PM have evidence against the leaders of Mara Salvatrucha. This scientific evidence presented by Inacif was obtained through the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (Ibis, in English), which consists of a database that stores images and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

37511

Guatemala

8 May 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Forensic analysis has revealed that the MS-13 gang in Guatemala used 32 guns to allegedly commit 238 murders, offering insight into the gang's modus operandi and highlighting some of the difficulties of tackling organized crime with gun control. Members of Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Sciences (Inacif) used the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (Ibis) to identify 1,133 guns that had been used in multiple crimes, reported Prensa Libre. Of those... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37424

United States,Mexico,Guatemala

8 May 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A new report sheds light on a little-studied subject: the trafficking of US weapons into Guatemala, a relatively limited phenomenon that could be far bigger than suggested by the available data and may play a role in the continuing violence and criminality in that Central American nation. The report (pdf), from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, reviews an analysis that the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37423

Europe,United States

6 May 2013

BBC News, Video

The world's first gun made with 3D printer technology has been successfully fired in the US. The controversial group who created the firearm plan to make the blueprints available online. Anti-gun advocates have criticised the project and Europol, Europe's law enforcement agency, said it was closely monitoring the development. Rebecca Morelle... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37409

Fiji,Canada

30 April 2013

Metro Canada

A Vancouver criminal who had already received two lifetime weapons bans was caught again with three illegal guns. Police executed a search warrant on June 20 last year on a home where Victor Sharma lived with his late mother. Police found a fairly large marijuana grow-op of 659 marijuana plants, worth an estimated $220,000, and a hydroelectric bypass. Officers also found an illegal Ruger semi-automatic pistol with 13 live rounds loaded in a clip. The gun had its... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Metro Canada

37410

Canada

29 April 2013

CTV News (Toronto)

The London police drugs and guns unit seized over $5,000 worth of drugs, nine handguns and three assault rifles from a residence on William Street. Police executed a search warrant at the London residence on Friday around 10 p.m. Officers also found hundreds of rounds of ammunition and over $13,000 in cash. Following a press conference on Monday afternoon, police released a list of all the firearms that were seized: - Smith and Wesson .45 Calibre semi-automatic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Toronto)

37388

Peru

28 April 2013

RPP News (Peru)

[Translated summary: A new police division will be established to combat gun smuggling and the illegal gun market in Peru. A ballistics information system will record information about guns to identify those used in crimes. Around 150,000 guns in Peru are not registered and a long-barrelled Parabellum gun costs around $700 on the balck market.] Una división especial que estará encargada de investigar los delitos de tráfico ilícito de armas de fuego, municiones y... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RPP News (Peru)

37396

Finland

25 April 2013

YLE (Finland)

The number of firearms seized by police from motorcycle gangs classed as criminal groups has risen sharply over the past few years. A decade ago, police on average confiscated only a few dozen guns annually from motorcycle gangs. Since 2010, more than 400 have been seized, nearly 250 of which are handguns. "The weapons seized include pistols, revolvers, a few shotguns and ten sub-machine guns. Ammunition has also been confiscated. Some of the guns had been made... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: YLE (Finland)

37373

Antigua & Barbuda

23 April 2013

Caribarena Antigua

ANTIGUA ST JOHN'S - Minister of National Security and labour Dr. Errol Cort issued a stern warning to persons in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition. Cort made the threat on Monday as he addressed law men during a hand-over ceremony where representatives from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace delivered two vital pieces of equipment over to the police. The equipment, hydraulic shears and a burning tank, both integral in the reduction of illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribarena Antigua

37361

United States

19 April 2013

Scientific American

The rap star is supporting a new (and controversial) line of jewelry made from illegal guns that spends its proceeds to try to help get guns off the street. If you follow rap, reggae or gun control, you may be aware of the transformation of gun-toting gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg into peace-loving reggae singer Snoop Lion. His first single as Snoop Lion, "No Guns Allowed," grabbed attention not only for its anti-gun hook - "Let the music play, me don't want no more... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Scientific American

37376

United States,Canada

19 April 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Chantelle Batte didn't know she had successfully smuggled a small arsenal of guns, including a machine gun with a silencer, into Canada until police showed up at her door and arrested her days later. Batte, a single mom from Sarnia, is just one of the many people used to mule guns across the border each year. An ongoing Star investigation reveals that border officers seize few of the guns destined for the criminal market in Toronto and across Ontario. Today, we look... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

37352

Indonesia

17 April 2013

Jakarta Post

JAKARTA - The police revealed on Tuesday that most guns used in armed robberies were homemade. City police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said that 98 percent of the guns confiscated from robbery suspects were homemade and that most of them were made by air rifle makers. "We are now tracing the air rifle makers who produce the homemade guns used in crimes," he said. He added that the police had confiscated evidence such as raw materials for guns from an air rifle... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

37349

Poland,Ukraine,Israel,Côte d'Ivoire,Bulgaria,Belarus,China,Angola,Russia

16 April 2013

IRIN (UN News)

ABIDJAN - Côte d'Ivoire's recent turbulence - including the ouster of president Henri Konan Bédié in 1999, a long-running insurgency and deadly poll unrest in 2011 - has left the country awash in arms, which have contributed to human rights abuses, widespread crime and persistent insecurity. Two years after coming to power in 2000, Laurent Gbagbo's administration faced an army mutiny, which morphed into a full-scale rebellion. In response, the government underwent a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

37347

Rwanda

16 April 2013

New Times (Rwanda)

The Minister of Internal Security and Chairman of the Regional Centre on Small Arms, Sheikh Musa Fazil Harerimana, has called for firearms to be marked and recorded as means of fighting illicit arms trafficking. Harerimana made the remarks as he opened a two-day trans-regional seminar on arms making guidelines for the Economic Community of Central Africa States (Eccas) in Kigali. The meeting, according to the minister, is an opportunity to harmonise efforts and share... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

37335

Nigeria

13 April 2013

Daily Trust (Abuja)

ASABA — Police detectives from Anambra and Delta States have uncovered arms factories in three communities in Delta State. This is just as residents of Alizomor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State fled the community after the corpse of ex-Anambra deputy governor Dr. Nwike Chidi was found in the area. Police spokesman ASP Lucky Uyabeme said the discovery came when detectives stormed the community. He, however, said no arrest has been made. The body of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 April 2013

New England Journal of Medicine

Scientists, policymakers, and advocates are increasingly advised to use "the public health approach" to address myriad social issues, from alcoholism and arthritis to vision care and war. However, it is rarely clear what exactly is meant by "the public health approach." Policymakers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describe the public health approach as a four-step model: Define the problem, identify risk and protective factors, develop and test... (GunPolicy.org)

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37321

United States

12 April 2013

New England Journal of Medicine

Scientists, policymakers, and advocates are increasingly advised to use "the public health approach" to address myriad social issues, from alcoholism and arthritis to vision care and war. However, it is rarely clear what exactly is meant by "the public health approach." Policymakers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describe the public health approach as a four-step model: Define the problem, identify risk and protective factors, develop and test... (GunPolicy.org)

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37320

Canada

11 April 2013

CBC News (Canada)

RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency have intercepted a prohibited firearm that was being sent to someone in northern B.C. through the mail. In late March, the CBSA found the gun in Canada Post mail destined for Dawson Creek, located in northeastern B.C. Working with Canada Post, police tracked the alleged recipients of the package and arrested two Dawson Creek men, aged 31 and 40, who are both well-known to police. Both men are facing charges of importation of a... (GunPolicy.org)

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37312

United States

7 April 2013

DePaulia (USA)

The nonprofit organization known as the Armed Citizen Project recently announced its plans to start a gun giveaway in Tucson, Ariz., that would function as a crime-fighting measure. Fighting guns with guns? It's a novel idea. Undoubtedly, this will create a world of controversy, especially in a city such as Tucson, which was the site of the shooting of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the mass killing of six other people in 2011. Yet the measure, which is... (GunPolicy.org)

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37290

Canada

4 April 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

The champagne was flowing Tuesday afternoon in the office of the Canadian charity Project Ploughshares. Hours earlier, the United Nations in a 154-3 vote agreed to approve an arms trade treaty, a pact that has the promise to regulate the cross-border sale of conventional weapons. In theory, the treaty should stop arms makers from being able to sell so easily to countries with spotty human-rights records. Tanks, combat aircraft, naval vessels, missiles and launchers,... (GunPolicy.org)

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37288

United States,Mexico

4 April 2013

San Marco Mercury

As the gun control debate swirls around issues like background checks and mental health, a new study reveals that gun running into Mexico remains a large-scale problem. In their report, titled "The Way of the Gun," researchers at the University of San Diego's Trans-Border Institute estimated that as many as 253,000 firearms were purchased in the United States from 2010 to 2012 for the sole purpose of being trafficked across the border into Mexico. The figure is nearly... (GunPolicy.org)

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37283

United States

29 March 2013

The Hill (Washington DC)

President Obama is quietly moving forward on gun control. The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership. The executive steps will give federal law enforcement officials access to more data about guns and their owners, help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, and lay the... (GunPolicy.org)

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37256

Philippines,Austria

26 March 2013

Investvine (Hong Kong)

Austrian gun maker Glock has been accused of supplying the black market in the Philippines with firearms in deals that were originally sealed with the Philippine National Police (PNP). Over the past years, Glock delivered several batches of its highly demanded 9mm pistols to the PNP. The most recent deal was 12,000 pistols worth around $30 million ordered by the country's police forces as a first shipment of the biggest firearms procurement of the PNP so far, delivered... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany,Mexico,United Kingdom,Ghana,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

26 March 2013

Rappler / Agence France Presse

More than 100 countries complained Monday that talks on a conventional arms trade treaty had gone "backwards" from a vow to conclude a strong accord on the $80 billion a year trade. The major western powers, who expressed confidence that an accord could be reached, face tough criticism over the treaty as talks at the UN headquarters entered the final straight. A group representing 103 countries blasted the latest text as a step "backwards." A statement by the 103,... (GunPolicy.org)

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37236

Oceania,Europe,Africa,Asia,Americas

22 March 2013

Inter Press Service News Agency

The U.N. organ tasked with maintaining international peace and security harbours a serious conflict at its core. The Security Council's five permanent members (P5) – United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France – along with Germany, are the world's six leading arms exporters, often shipping weapons used to perpetuate violence across the globe. Meanwhile, over 150 member states have gathered at U.N. headquarters, from Mar. 18-28, to negotiate an Arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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37223

United States

22 March 2013

Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St Paul)

Thomas Allen Hoffman was looking for a "cheapie." In the spring of 2007, he browsed a North Mankato gun dealer's collection for a Hi-Point pistol, one of the least expensive handguns on the market. Hoffman wanted the gun for personal protection. He paid $150 to the Red Bear Hunting Emporium and took home a Hi-Point C-9 9mm semiautomatic pistol, serial #P1352366. But soon the gun was stolen, changed hands, then changed hands again, spiraling beyond the bounds of... (GunPolicy.org)

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37222

United States,Mexico

20 March 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A new study found that nearly half of United States firearms dealers are economically dependent on demand from Mexico, while under 15 percent of illicitly trafficked arms are seized at the border, highlighting the US role in Mexican gun violence. The study, titled "The Way of the Gun: Estimating Firearms Traffic Across the U.S.-Mexico Border," aimed to quantify the US role in feeding Mexico's gun violence, which continues to rise despite tight gun control policies and... (GunPolicy.org)

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37212

Romania,Burkina Faso,Poland,Russia,Latvia,Tunisia,Guinea,Senegal,Bulgaria,China,Africa,Europe,Côte d'Ivoire

20 March 2013

Amnesty International (London)

Reckless and illegal arms supplies from Europe, Africa and China to the warring parties in Côte d'Ivoire over the past decade continue to fuel grave human rights abuses and violent crime in the country, Amnesty International said in a detailed report launched at the United Nations (UN) headquarters. The 33-page report, Communities shattered by arms proliferation and abuse in Côte d'Ivoire, documents how a handful of states and a network of multinational arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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37206

United States,Canada

20 March 2013

Oshawa Express (Ontario)

Durham Regional Police Inspector Mario Lessard of the Criminal Intelligence Branch was surrounded by a room full of guns. There were weapons strewn about everywhere, all part of a massive seizure. Grenades, landmines, 67 guns and a small cannon were recently found in a Bancroft home where a couple now faces more than 600 charges as a result. But what does Durham have to do with this? According to Insp. Lessard, Durham is a member of the Provincial Weapons Enforcement... (GunPolicy.org)

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37203

United States,Switzerland

19 March 2013

NPR (USA)

Switzerland has an entrenched gun culture that is embraced by most of its 8 million citizens, some of them as young as 10 years old. Every Swiss community has a shooting range, and depending on who is counting, the alpine country ranks third or fourth in the number of guns per capita. "You can walk into a cafe in a town where there is a shooting festival and you'll see rifles hanging on the hat rack. It's just incredible. It's just proliferation all over the place,... (GunPolicy.org)

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37199

Brazil

8 March 2013

Bloomberg (USA)

Brazil has a gun culture, a gun industry and a gun problem -- much like the U.S. In fact, more Brazilians than Americans died of gunfire in 2010. Yet Brazil's 2010 tally, 34,300 deaths, was significantly lower than its gun fatalities in 2003 (39,284), when the government enacted major gun-control regulation. I asked Brazilian political scientist Antonio Bandeira, who coordinates the arms-control program of Viva Rio, a nongovernmental organization in Rio De Janeiro, how... (GunPolicy.org)

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37166

European Union,Sweden,Myanmar,Syria

7 March 2013

Local (Sweden)

Syrian rebels appear to be using Swedish weapons, visible in a new video that has emerged from the civil war in which an anti-regime fighter cradles a well-known Swedish model of anti-tank rifle. TV4 news found the video in which a rebel fighter emerges with a Carl Gustaf rocket launcher perched on his right shoulder. The report dubs the weapon a "Swedish export success story". It is the second time in the past few months that Swedish weapons have made their way to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

37152

United States

6 March 2013

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Enforce the laws already on the books. Take away the criminals' weapons, not the law-abiding citizens'. Sound familiar? It's the mantra of the gun lobby. That is, until the government actually attempts to do it. Then the lobby changes its lyrics. It seemed surreal listening to lobbyists for gun rights groups Monday, as if the ears were playing tricks. They testified at a state Senate Budget Committee hearing in opposition to legislation that would spend... (GunPolicy.org)

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37147

Canada

5 March 2013

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

OTTAWA — For nearly two weeks last year, diplomats from Canada and the rest of the world gathered at the United Nations in New York to discuss ways to crack down on the illicit trade in small arms and ammunition. But rather than working to strengthen those efforts, newly released documents show Canadian officials were instructed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government to "play a low-key, minimal role" — and that their main objective was safeguarding Canadian... (GunPolicy.org)

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37143

England & Wales

4 March 2013

BBC News

A police officer who illegally sold guns to the public played a part in granting a gun licence to a man who shot three members of his family. Michael Atherton, 42, shot his partner Susan McGoldrick, Alison Turnbull, her daughter Tanya and then himself, in County Durham on New Year's Day 2012. Former Durham PC Damien Cobain was convicted of misconduct in a public office in 2010 and left the force. An inquest heard he was part of a team that dealt with Atherton's... (GunPolicy.org)

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37138

United States

25 February 2013

Reuters

Three dozen arms control and human rights groups have written to U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of new arms-trade negotiations at the United Nations next month, urging him to back a tough treaty that would end loopholes in international weapons sales. Arms control campaigners say one person every minute dies worldwide as a result of armed violence and a convention is needed to prevent the unregulated and illicit flow of weapons into conflict zones and fueling wars... (GunPolicy.org)

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37109

Dominican Republic

22 February 2013

El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: The Dominican Republic's Ministry of Interior and Police, with the help of the United Nations, has destroyed 706 guns to combat trafficking. Many of the weapons were not registered or their markings had been altered.] El Ministerio de Interior y Policía (MIP), por disposición del ministro José Ramón Fadul y con la colaboración del Programa de Acción de Desarme de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), destruyó 706 armas de fuego de... (GunPolicy.org)

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37112

China,Africa,Côte d'Ivoire,Somalia,Angola,South Africa,Sudan,Zimbabwe,Kenya

21 February 2013

Star (Kenya), Opinion

Much is being written and said in the media and academic circles about China's increasing engagement with Africa on many economic and other fronts. Some see this as benefiting Africa; others as detrimental to the real needs of African countries and peoples. Some critics have used phrases like "the second scramble for Africa" and "re-colonization of Africa" to describe the new development. The debate goes on. Yet, there is one subject that has not received the serious... (GunPolicy.org)

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37098

United States

20 February 2013

KING 5 News

Detectives from 31 police agencies packed a seminar this week at the Washington Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien to learn how ballistics testing can reveal links between guns in their evidence lockers to crimes that may have been committed in their jurisdiction or across the country. "Is the gun from your murder case hiding in the evidence vault of a neighboring police department?" firearms expert Pete Gagliardi asked the group of detectives and personnel... (GunPolicy.org)

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37102

Costa Rica

18 February 2013

Inside Costa Rica

A replacement text submitted by the Ministry of Public Security aims to create an interagency committee which would regulate the possession of firearms and ammunition in Costa Rica, as well as introduce a series of measures aimed at reducing homicides. The commission would be composed of one member from the Ministry of Security, another from the Ministry of Justice, as well as a representative from the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Labor, and the Health Ministry,... (GunPolicy.org)

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37082

East Africa,Tanzania,Germany

17 February 2013

Tanzania Daily News (Dar Es Salaam)

The Vice-President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, has said that recovery of more than 500,000 small arms and light weapons presently in wrong hands in the East African region would be possible through shared information among the member states. Speaking at the destruction of illicit small arms and light weapons, the event held at Ukonga Prisons Ground on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, and witnessed by delegates to the East African Community (EAC) Joint Meeting of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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37075

Yemen,France,United States,Switzerland

8 February 2013

Washington Post

DAILLON, Switzerland — On Jan. 3, the day Sandy Hook Elementary students returned to school in Newtown, Conn., Florian Berthouzoz leaned out his window and opened fire on this tranquil Swiss village with an old military carbine and a 12-gauge shotgun. By the time he finished shooting, three women were killed, apparently at random, and two men were wounded. Berthouzoz was brought down by a police officer's bullet in the chest. The shooting in Daillon, on a steep... (GunPolicy.org)

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